Intravaginal foreign body retained for a long duration

M. H. Wu, S. C. Huang, Y. S. Lin, M. F. Lin, C. Y. Chou

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An intravaginal foreign body of long duration can pose a diagnostic dilemma, since a number of diagnostic modalities may fail to detect its existence. We present the case of an 8-year-old girl who suffered from a bloody, malodorous vaginal discharge for over 4 years, during which time she had been evaluated by several gynecologists. A vaginal examination performed under analgesia revealed a pinpoint-sized opening 2 cm above the hymen. We inserted a cannula and injected radio-opaque contrast medium. An intravaginal filling defect was visible, which strongly suggested the presence of a foreign body. An incision through this scarred area was performed and two foreign bodies, one shaped like a plastic tube and the other a cap, were removed. We conclude that vaginography may provide an alternative diagnostic tool for this condition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)193-195
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1995 Aug

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology


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